There's really not much more to this story. Or it could have relied on fan goodwill by revisiting the same beloved characters from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away. In order to make the move official, Qi'ra contacts Vos' boss, and that when we get an epic cameo callback to the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. When they use familiar characters, it's often in unexpected and surprising ways, like re-introducing once-true believer Luke Skywalker as a bitter old recluse.
Solo: A Star Wars Story "Competent", says Entertainment Weekly - and that might be music to the mouse ears of everyone at Disney, which has been staving off one PR disaster after another since this spin-off/prequel/whatever was first announced.
Kate Erbland, IndieWire: "One of the greatest pleasures of the film is how it digs into the slow evolution of Han's lifelong taste for rebellion, one that will eventually lead him to become part of a collective resistance".
According to Donald Glover, who plays young Lando Calrissian in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story alongside Alden Ehrenreich's young Han Solo, his character is a lot more sexually fluid than the film might let on.
"I just think it's so fun". Once the credits start rolling, that's it. Movie over. "I loved those first three movies". The swagger feels unearned. Through it all, Ehrenreich plays Han with an easy nonchalance and a mischievous glint in his eyes. He bonds so quickly and firmly with Chewbacca that he's hardly a Solo act at all - he's Han Duo.
Glover is great as Lando, who may be next in line for his own picture. He decides to escape and they make a daring effort, but at the last minute, Qi'ra is captured. Solo will please fans, if not necessarily astound them, and leave them anticipating how the story will connect with the original Star Wars saga.
The "Solo" story (superbly directed by the veteran Ron Howard, who took over after the original co-directors were fired over the time-honored "creative differences") takes place a decade before the events of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope", which would put Han Solo's age right around 20. The movie is an action-packed and fast-paced adventure.
But that's probably too simplistic a division, and what matters is that the pieces all fit together more or less seamlessly.
Ah, but then there's that cameo toward the end, one that could confuse the heck out of people who aren't immersed in Star Wars lore. It's an against-the-odds triumph, but never tell him the odds.